Friday, December 19, 2008

Snowy Days and Nights!

Snow here in Bellevue and Seattle pretty well shuts everything down. And so it was yesterday when we awoke to snow that continued well into the afternoon. For the first time since we joined choir in 1995, rehearsal was cancelled and rescheduled for tonight. (Luckily we had already changed our tickets for the 5th Avenue performance of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers!) My one day stint of jury duty was also cancelled! And I sure got a lot done with these gifted hours! More snow is predicted for Saturday night and Sunday, so who knows whether we'll actually get to sing our Advent concert. Today we absolutely HAVE to venture out to stock our cupboards for the arrival of Jill and family tomorrow.
Front Yard
Look what the poor little critters have to contend with out back!
More Snow
It seems that every holiday includes a touch of sadness whether it's an illness or the unexpected passing of someone dear to us. Just this past Wednesday we had a phone call from Dick's cousin with the news that Auntie Del had passed away on Tuesday evening. We are so very thankful that we were able to visit her last fall and have fond memories of chatting, driving around, and eating together. Little did we realize that would be our last time together in this lifetime! She is the last of that generation of Shaws and will be terribly missed, but so fondly remembered.
We'll miss you, Auntie Del
Choosing a Christmas tree this year took us all of five minutes as it was absolutely pouring rain. Our Scottish ancestry causes us to look for bargains, and this is what we found: not bad, I think. Every year I like to hang the little orange ornament which, up close, looks rather like an apricot. It has hung on every tree since my childhood and brings back many wonderful memories of long ago Christmases everytime I see it.
Happy Holidays!


Paula Hewitt said...

condolences to you and you family. My nana is the last of her generation and at 91 has been telling us for years that this will be her last Christmas, or the last time we see her - she has held on - but you never really know when the last time you see someone is going to be, do you?

great snowy pics. I would have thought Seattle would be well used to snow and would soldier one regardless - or does it usually rain too much for the snow to stick?

Jeanne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's good that you have nice memories from your visits with her. Sending hugs.

We have lots of snow here, too, and they say there's more coming. I'd like to get out of town and head south!

Lapplisor said...

Dear Judy
In the Christmas season loved humans to lose, always is something special.
One thinks back in jem year to him.

Your tree looks very beautiful. enormously also, how much snow you have.
I was some days in Munich. Only some flakes came of the sky.

I would like to wish you a beautiful Advent Sunday, and thank for your nice visits.

Susan said...

So sorry about your auntie. It sounds as if she lived a good long life.

Too much snow for me. =)

Pat said...

Glad you have Happy memories of your Aunt! The snow really makes it look like an 'up north-midwest' Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Judy! Sorry to hear about your loss, but glad you have lovely memories of your auntie to remember her by. Love the snow photos you've shared - your yard looks like a winter fairyland!! Hope your shopping expedition goes well and that you have a wonderful time with family! Christmas Bear Hugs! KRIS

Cat said...

Glad you got to visit your Aunt and enjoy the time together. Sorry to hear of her passing.

I have heard of the TONS of snow that has hit Washington and Oregon! Do be safe!

NICE tree!!

You have a Merry Christmas!

KarenJoSeattle said...

Keep warm and enjoy the time with family and friends. I hope eveyone gets there OK and the power stays on. Seattle so rarly gets snow and almost never this much.

Rian said...

So sorry for the loss of your dear Auntie Del. May your memories keep your spirits buoyed.

I know snow is a drag, but how pretty it looks.

Kathy said...

Judy, So sorry for the loss of Auntie Del. Hope you are staying warm and dry. It is very cold and windy here today after a little snow over the weekend.

Plays with Needles said...

Sorry about Aunt Del. It sure is sad when someone leaves our earth.

I also looked for the apricot it on the top right of the tree?